Mazars launches integrated Dutch Desk in Romania

29 August 2014

Mazars Romania announced the launching of Mazars Dutch Desk, a new unit that will provide support for the Dutch business community. The unit will support Dutch companies already active in Romania and investors that want to invest in Romania, either direct or via The Netherlands. The Dutch Desk will be led by native Dutch speaker Edwin Warmerdam, Tax Partner Mazars Romania.

Mazars, a global accounting and consulting organisation that specialises in audit, accountancy, tax, legal, and consulting services, has been active in Romania since 1995. Mazars Romania has 160 employees and 9 partners, and the organisation ranks number five in the Romanian audit, tax advice and consulting market.

Mazars Dutch Desk

Recently, Mazars Romania announced the launching of the Mazars Dutch Desk to provide support in tax consulting, accounting and payroll outsourcing, audit and financial advisory services for the Dutch business community. This new unit will support Dutch-owned companies already active on the local market and investors that want to start in Romania, including investors that invest via The Netherlands. Dutch investments represent 20% of Romania’s total foreign direct investments. The new unit will be based on the Mazars German Desk’s experience and practice, the first language based business community unit launched in 2013.

Edwin Warmerdam - Mazars in Romania

Mazars Dutch Desk will be led by Edwin Warmerdam, a native Dutch speaker, who recently was appointed to Tax Partner for Mazars Romania. Warmerdam has almost 25 years of experience in the tax and financial sector and has lived in Romania since 1998.


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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”